Students this time cleverly submitted coloured photocopies to ensure that they can try and secure admission in colleges. “We found that such mark sheets had no watermarks and the thickness of the certificate paper varied,” stated Khanna. Most certificates of this sort were submitted by CBSE students.

Khanna said the first step was to make an online check on state or central government lists, to detect fake caste certificates, however, the verification was tougher if the document was signed by a nodal officer.

In order to deal with aspirants submitting forged documents, the college gives provisional admission and the final action is taken only after the appropriate authority sends its response. Khanna said that in one case, even when the fraud was very evident, the college had to threaten the applicant with a police FIR.
Three cases of fake admission surfaced at Delhi University’s Sri Aurobindo College (Evening) on Monday, following which the matter was reported to police.

Three students had come to the college with mark sheets and documents issued by the ‘Board of Higher Secondary Education (Delhi)’. All three of them had filled up the forms and were in the process of getting their documents verified.

“It was during the final verification process that the machine showed that the documents were not genuine. First, there is no such board. Then, as we were trying to verify their claim, two of the aspirants ran away. One of them was taken to the principal, but he also ran away, leaving the documents,” said Angad Tiwari, a member of the college’s admission grievance committee.

Delhi does not have its own board. However, the ‘Board of Higher Secondary Education (Delhi)’, on its website, claims to be an autonomous organisation under the Government of India.


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